About Rachel Dean

Mindfulness consultant, trainer and founder of Connect & Thrive.


I have worked with adolescents and young people in various contexts for over 20 years - as teacher, middle leader and behaviour manager in the UK and Europe. Throughout my teaching career I have worked with various groups and individuals across a range of settings; high risk adolescents with complex trauma, children with severe learning, physical and emotional needs, mental health patients, healthcare professionals, carers and care leavers.  I now work independently as a mindfulness and wellbeing trainer, teacher

and consultant, supporting schools and organizations in integrating meaningful and sustainable wellbeing practice and policy.  I specialise in helping educational institutions to formulate and maintain a whole school approach to emotional and mental health for staff and learners, recognising that every member of the school community needs to thrive in order for a school to perform at its best.


I have worked closely with the Mindfulness in Schools Project since 2014 and has inspired many pupils and adults through her teaching of their Paws b, .b and Foundations programmes. In addition to this, and have trained with colleagues from the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice at Bangor University and the Oxford Mindfulness Centre to deliver ‘The Present’ and ‘Frantic World’ courses to adults. I'm frequently invited to lead or contribute to mindfulness based workshops at a variety of local authority, headteacher and well-being conferences and is currently working with school clusters to develop on line social and emotional learning opportunities for staff and pupils.

I am passionate about transformative education and have already seen how placing mental health at the forefront of an integrated curriculum can facilitate learner and school success.